FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A vigorous pour into my Gulden Draak tulip produces a three finger thick, just barely off-white colored head. The beer is a bright, gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale gold / yellow hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dried hay-like grain, sweet pale malt (with touches of honey-like grain), and a supporting, but increasingly noticeable tropical fruitiness that smells like a mix of orange-scented grapes, lychee, guava, pineapple and bright fruit blossoms. After a short bit a more herbal character starts to become noticeable; slight dank, not really pine, though not full blown marijuana character either.
Dry seeming, but somehow has a sweetness to it that is accentuated by the tropical & ripe citrus hop character. There is a nice pale malt middle to this beer that contributes more body than one might expect from something labeled a Pale Lager; a touch of malt viscosity is here, but ultimately this is a very quaffable beer. Cracker like malt notes are noticeable from beginning to end, but are on the soft side of things. There is also a dried hay, almost dried grassy like note to this beer and the pale malt has a honey like character that is accentuated by the fruity hop notes.
This is a subtle beer all around. I drank it on the warm side of cool, which seems to have brought out a lot of the flavors & I find that I am quite enjoying this beer. We’ll see how I like it at a bit cooler of a temperature (around 50°F) tomorrow. The hop character, while not over the top, has that raw & fruity hop character that at a much larger amplitude would be appropriated for a hoppy Pale Ale or IPA. Much better than I expected.
At cooler temperatures the bright, tropical fruit notes fade a bit and this becomes more herbaceous and green in its hop character, but that Sauvignon Blanc like grape character also starts to come out, which wasn’t noticeable previously. I definitely like this on the warm side of cool 55°F or a bit warmer is better for this particular beer; this is certainly a bit atypical for a lager.
NachlamSie (2541) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at the Gnome. New Belgium has done a good job taking on the most consumed, no-thrills style, but at the end of the day Shift is still a pale lager. I like that the hops are clean and evident. It’s a crisp, respectable brew. It still suffers from a strong, lingering corn-like sweetness. Metallic notes are here and there. Not terrible.
Barreras (754) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 28, 2012
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a clean crisp yellow color with a metalic aroma. Slight floral aroma which leads to the taste. Taste is very metallic, don’t know if its from the can or simply the beer. One of the worst beers I’ve had, very bitter and metaly throughout.
BrewDad (4505) - Olympia, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber in color, clear with a nice white fluffy head. Good hops floral aroma. Easy drinking malt flavor lager like qualities with light spice and a crisp dry finish. Nice beer.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
can. pours a nice deep golden color with a 1 finger white head. big malt nose with bread notes - reminiscent of fat tire with a touch of citrus hops. med body with a nice balance of malts and citrus hops. clean balanced finish- very drinkable and sessionable, but not my go to shift beer.
uhclem (332) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nose was at times cloyingly sweet and at other times funky. Taste was off.Decent mouthfeel. Finish weak and metallic.
gsmitty80 (1693) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this was a nicely sessionable pale ale that left a sticky sweet hop flavor on the palate. Nice malt characteristics and good floral aroma.
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light bronze with a small white lace. Nose is super bland, cardboard, pretty much like a every bmc product out there. Flavor is a tad better and you can taste a little of the lemony nelson sauvin hops but its mostly creamy and bland pale lager. sux.
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark golden piss yellow with a huge white head like all pale lagers. Tastes biscuity just like fat tire but slightly lighter. I would think this beer is a blonde ale if it weren’t for the writing on the can. A bit malty for my tastes but nonetheless a flavor overload if it really is a pale lager. More taste than miller/Bud/Coors ever thought about having in their wet dreams. (Yes, I took special care to lowercase "miller" in that last sentence.) Oh, and did I mention?... it leaves intricate white lacing on the glass. This is a real beer, and its a pale lager... amazing!
thespot (5) - Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aluminum pounder. Pours light yellow small white head. Aroma of hops which is a good thing. Flavor is hops, citrus and floral notes. Slight bitter finnish.Fairly carbonated. Not bad for a pale lager.